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Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful

Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Mindfulness technique: Five steps to enjoying more empathetic and artful conversation.

 

Conversation in the original Latin had a very broad meaning. It meant something like “living together, having dealings with others,” and it referred to more than just talking. We can learn a lot from connecting to this original bigger sense of the word.

 

When we're having a real conversation we're actively exchanging—giving and receiving—which begins with truly being together.

 

We can’t exchange something with someone when they, or we, are not present. We can talk to them, we can talk at them, but we can’t have a conversation.

 

By Dawa Tarchin Phillips


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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:37 AM

"If you're not being heard, don’t blame your audience. Come up with something that engages them more."

 

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 12, 2014 8:22 PM

Some great advice here when working with young people and encouraging them to have mindful as well as dynamic conversations. 

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ACTivate - Thriving in the Modern Workplace

ACTivate - Thriving in the Modern Workplace | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Today’s workplace is often characterised by increasing levels of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity), which puts us all under continual pressure. For reasons to keep us safe, when
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The Hard Science Behind Soft Skills

The Hard Science Behind Soft Skills | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Only 11 percent of senior leaders are effective at displaying empathy and maintaining other’s esteem.

3. Empathy is the linchpin soft skill.

Of all the leadership soft skills, empathy is arguably the most critical. In his book “Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution” author Roman Krznaric said empathy “is not just about seeing things from another perspective. It’s the cornerstone of smart leadership. The real competitive advantage of the human worker will be their capacity to create relationships which means empathy will count more than experience.”

Using the DDI database on new frontline leaders, we correlated the effect of each interaction skill on overall assessment performance and each of four leadership tasks. Empathy was the most foundational soft skill, with the largest positive relationship across the board, followed by encouraging the involvement of others.

 

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Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace

Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

The mind is a powerful asset, and like any other organ it needs equal rest and stimulation. It's become obvious that our workplaces are increasingly stressful with longer work hours, high pressure deadlines and increased workloads.


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The Most Important Leadership Trait All Ethical Bosses Share

The Most Important Leadership Trait All Ethical Bosses Share | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
The absence of it may be the reason why your employees are quitting.

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Joey-David Ovey's curator insight, April 22, 4:23 AM
How important is integrity to leaders? In my view the need to close the deal or get something done clouds people's integrity; They know better, but in the heat of moment buckle under pressure. What can help them remain steadfast in their convictions?
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The Disease of Being Busy

The Disease of Being Busy | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Our overscheduled lives leave little time for contemplation and reflection. How do we enable each other to pause and reflect together and ask how our hearts are doing?

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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 15, 3:29 PM
Being busy doesn't necessarily equate to being productive.  Prioritizing and decluttering your life will give you necessary thinking space to be more productive and efficient in less time.
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5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

Identify and get rid of the hidden beliefs that could be holding you back.

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Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot

Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Changing habits begins with learning what you need to change, becoming aware of ingrained behaviors and practicing more productive responses.

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Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership

Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

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Storytelling, Empathy, and Generosity: Latest Brain Research

Storytelling, Empathy, and Generosity: Latest Brain Research | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Science proves the obvious: If you can put yourself in someone else's shoes, you're more likely to want to help them.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 5, 12:50 PM

Here's a fascinating article exploring the link between empathy and generosity.

 

Now we've know for awhile that storytelling builds empathy between people, and that building storytelling skills means you are building your empathy muscles.

 

What we haven't yet linked through hard neorscience research was the effect of empathy on generosity to others. Now we have that research and the results.

 

Turns out the link is significant. This article shares the research and findings. Frankly, I'm glad I wasn't a test subject (you'll know why when you read the article).

 

As the researchers state, we now know what areas in the brain are involved in empathy and generosity -- and what happens in the brain when people are stingy. 

 

Read the article to find out more. Story on!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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Evolving Leadership in the Digital Age

Evolving Leadership in the Digital Age | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

To have executives change character will always be an uphill struggle but they can learn to improve their behavioural reactions to difficult situations and develop greater emotional intelligence that will turn them into more effective leaders.


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How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic  

How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic   | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Simple tweaks in communication and role-modeling based on the latest behavioral research can nudge employees into top form and create a more productive environment for everyone.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 16, 9:49 AM
For m, one small change would be to stop using the word system when referring to people. People are people and allow for the dynamics to be complex and complicated. Words matter.
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You're a Control Freak: 5 Tips to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness

Despite how much leaders want to control their universe, there is so little that they actually control. Learn how to be effective regardless of this reality.

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Your Team Can Make or Break Your Business – Here's How

Your Team Can Make or Break Your Business – Here's How | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Oftentimes, as businesses grow, there are going to be some growing pains. And even more often than not, one of the less obvious pains is the slowly disintegrating company culture. When left alone, executives and employees, alike, will start to witness a lot of infringements on company values, because a lot of people either don't understand them or flat out didn't know they existed.

 

To navigate in our rapidly changing world, corporations and organizations everywhere have had to reevaluate the ever expanding, changing and intertwining complexities of their cultures. "We realized that when an organization has a poor perspective on its culture, it has resulted in low energy and mediocre morale that stifles people, and consequently, causes them to not keep up with the demanding pace of today's workforce," says Jason Richmond, CEO of Culturized.


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To grow your company, it's time to rethink how you lead your people.

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David Cruzate's curator insight, March 24, 8:29 AM

To grow your company, it's time to rethink how you lead your people.

Begoña Pabón's curator insight, March 24, 3:23 PM

El reto de hacer crecer nuestras empresas pasa por reformular la forma en que lideramos a nuestros equipos.  Necesitamos crear una visión y unos valores compartidos  que permitan a las personas contribuir a los mismos con sus ideas y talentos.

Rudy Cruysbergs's curator insight, April 3, 11:16 AM

To grow your company, it's time to rethink how you lead your people.

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Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less | McKinsey & Company | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
In my experience, though, most of today’s workers—and senior executives perhaps most of all—lack what they need, whether it’s meditation or a different approach, to balance and offset the demands of their “anywhere, everywhere” roles in today’s corporations. The famous hitter Ted Williams, at the conclusion of a long baseball season, used to go hunting and fishing to relax and recharge. Winston Churchill was an amateur painter who once said, “If it weren’t for painting, I couldn’t live. I couldn’t bear the strain of things.”

Most executives can’t disappear for long stretches to go fishing, and picking up painting sounds daunting. But they can use simple versions of proven meditation techniques to improve the quality of their lives, even if it’s only by increments. My purpose in this article isn’t to tell you whether, or how, to meditate; there are several flavors of meditation and I have only really ever tried the tradition of Vipassana.3 Instead, I will describe how it has helped me deal with three common challenges faced by leaders: email addiction, coping with disappointment, and becoming too insular.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 1:57 AM

The many benefits of meditation!

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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained why the man considered ‘the greatest writer [...]

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2015 12:47 PM

The best leaders are definitely story-tellers?

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 27, 2015 1:53 AM

Powerful stories are told with conviction and the most powerful are often told on the basis of personal experience. 


Learning to articulate your powerful personal learning experiences as stories will not only help you to reflect on your learning and therefore make it more powerful, but also help you share your learning with others and influence them to take action.  Leadership indeed!

James Hutchison's curator insight, January 28, 2015 11:01 AM

Of course you reach people by telling stories - it's how we make sense out of life - you can give the theory but you have to provide real world examples and that's why we have stories. Stories help us understand life. But if you tell a story to teach a moral I would suggest that unless you live by that story's moral lesson it doesn't matter how many stories you tell - nobody will believe you. Telling a good story is one thing but having integrity is another.

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7 Easy but Scientific Ways to Become Smarter

7 Easy but Scientific Ways to Become Smarter | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
You can vastly improve your brain's performance by making a few minor changes in your daily routine.
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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 19, 10:40 PM
Some common sense ideas.
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When negative emotions are positive: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy meets Positive Psychology

When negative emotions are positive: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy meets Positive Psychology | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Positive Psychology and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are different movements within psychology. Yet they also have quite a lot in common. Conta

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 15, 12:52 PM
+ve psych and ACT find common ground!
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Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of 'Stretch' Goals

Why the Best Leaders Are Wary of 'Stretch' Goals | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Ambitious goals can motivate. But if setting overly difficult goals becomes part of your culture, your results may vary--a lot.

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Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists

Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up your communication skills so you can keep a good conversation going.

"Good conversations require a give and take, just like keeping a ball in the air during a game of catch," says Anne Green, president and CEO of CooperKatz & Company, a communications and media-training firm with clients that include Richard Branson. "When someone directs a question your way—when the ball is thrown to you—you should always respond with an answer that will continue the flow of dialogue, passing the ball back and never letting it drop."

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David Hain's curator insight, April 12, 5:22 AM

May seem basic - but some people do converstaion sooo much better than others. Some why's here.

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Becoming The Kind Of Leader You Would Want To Follow - Forbes

Becoming The Kind Of Leader You Would Want To Follow - Forbes | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Brian Tracy posed a pointed question: "Are you the kind of leader you would want to follow?" Amazingly, in many cases, the answer appears to be no. Dr. Nico Rose does a great job of curating interesting news from the world of positive psychology and came up with this gem: When [...]

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Why Leaders Should Nurture Their “Social–Emotional” Intelligence

Why Leaders Should Nurture Their “Social–Emotional” Intelligence | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

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#HR 7 Steps To Take When Your Work Stress Gets Too Much To Handle

#HR 7 Steps To Take When Your Work Stress Gets Too Much To Handle | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
For all those times when "take a deep breath" just doesn't cut it.

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Collaboration Is Not an Outcome

Collaboration Is Not an Outcome | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Collaboration is good. We know that.

So why is it, with all this technology available to us and a world seemingly infatuated with social apps, so many collaboration initiatives fail to meet expectations?

One of the most common mistakes strategists make is to assume that collaboration is an outcome. An end state. They assume that providing digital tools and modern working spaces will, unless the world caves in, result in an end state of workplace collaboration. 

Box ticked. All good.

Many organizations are discovering that this isn’t a given. All that new stuff, along with the clarion call to arms of "Now we can all collaborate!" can have a very different effect. Digital tools without a clear driver or vision can create an altogether new form of digital workflow chaos — too many tools, too many options. Adding additional complexity and confusion, without any clear sense of how this new way of working is helping anyone.

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Wise Leader™'s insight:

Collaboration as a capability. Properly applied, great outcomes. Poorly applied, big costs! Sensible health warning!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 1, 7:47 AM

Collaboration as a capability. Properly applied, great outcomes. Poorly applied, big costs! Sensible health warning!

Roger Francis's curator insight, April 1, 12:12 PM

Collaboration as a capability. Properly applied, great outcomes. Poorly applied, big costs! Sensible health warning!

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, April 2, 10:49 AM

Collaboration as a capability. Properly applied, great outcomes. Poorly applied, big costs! Sensible health warning!

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How many of these leadership traits have you mastered?

How many of these leadership traits have you mastered? | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it
Being an effective leader means mastering skills from five key themes, a new study has found.

Dr Sunnie Giles, an organizational scientist and leadership development consultant, undertook research to find out the traits needed to be an effective leader. Her research involved 195 leaders across 15 countries.

Participants were asked to identify the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. The top 10 were then grouped into five main themes that all leaders should aspire to achieve.

“These five areas present significant challenges to leaders due to the natural responses that are hardwired into us,” Dr Giles notes.

She goes on to say that with “deep self-reflection and a shift in perspective… there are also enormous opportunities for improving everyone’s performance by focusing on our own.”

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Wise Leader™'s insight:

Some authoritaive research on the leadership skills needed for the future.

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Skip Gole's curator insight, March 31, 7:06 PM

Some authoritaive research on the leadership skills needed for the future.

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Some authoritaive research on the leadership skills needed for the future.

Andrew J Gibson's curator insight, April 4, 9:03 AM

Some authoritaive research on the leadership skills needed for the future.

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#HR #RRHH Take the Lead in Reducing Workplace Stress

#HR #RRHH Take the Lead in Reducing Workplace Stress | Wise Leadership | Scoop.it

Consider two scenarios: 


At first, Sandra was glad about her long-awaited promotion to sales director. However, she soon felt the reality of her new, more challenging responsibilities. She faced unresolved employee conflicts, low sales numbers, and the threat of cuts to her team. As she sat at her desk, Sandra felt dizzy, overwhelmed, and unable to effectively communicate with employees looking to her for leadership. 


Sean is the CEO of a multimillion-dollar corporation in the midst of a merger. At a board meeting, Sean found himself in a heated conflict with some of the board members. Lack of mutual trust and the stress of charting the future of the company got in the way of Sean working well with the board. Sean realized his frazzled mind impacted his relationships with colleagues and undermined his influence in the company. 


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